Chester Shot Works McCarthy Stone p. BECG

McCarthy Stone's retirement community would be situated adjacent to the Shot Works in Chester. Credit: via BECG

McCarthy Stone reveals £10m+ Chester senior living proposal

The developer is proposing to repurpose a former car park to offer 56 retirement apartments.

The half-acre site is situated adjacent to the Shot Works in Chester. Vehicular access would be provided via the access road from Charterhill Drive.

McCarthy Stone’s proposals include 36 car parking spaces for residents, staff, and visitors. This would include disabled and allocated visitor spaces.

Communal facilities would include a residents’ lounge, guest suite, internal refuse store, and mobility scooter storage with charging points.

Lift access would be provided for each floor.

A 24-hour emergency call service would also be available for residents.

Landscaped grounds would surround the site, complete with outdoor seating. Improvements to the site’s boundaries would include shrub and tree planting.

Ian Wilkins, the divisional managing director North, for McCarthy Stone, said: “Our plans provide a fantastic opportunity to deliver much-needed Retirement Living accommodation. The site is ideally located for residents to access local shops and services and public transport links across the wider region.

“We strongly believe that our proposals for Chester will improve the appearance of this brownfield site and support the rejuvenation of the local area.

“We are encouraged by comments from residents so far and would like to hear local views on our proposals before we finalise our planning application.” Wilkins added. “I’d encourage people to go online and view the proposals, where they’ll be able to complete our online feedback form.”

The Planning Bureau is the planning consultant for the scheme. Box Architects is the project’s architect, and TPM Landscape is the landscape architect.

The estimated construction cost for the redevelopment is more than £10m.

The retirement living specialist has also recently lodged interest in a site in Wilmslow.

The virtual consultation will conclude on 29 January. You can access the consultation website at

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